As part of efforts in promoting academic excellence in Liberia, the United Youth Social Symposium for Education and Development has hosted its 3rd annual academic excellence award program in Kakata City Margibi County.
Mr. Collins Urey, Executive Director of the Organization told newsmen over the weekend that about 140 students representing 129 schools across Margibi County were awarded certificates of honor.
According to him, about 40 schools were targeted to participate in the process but about 29 of them met the Organization standard thereby capturing 140 students in their database.
He added that students who received the annual award are those who made it in the United Youth Social Symposium for Education and Development aptitude test and were qualified and sent a letter of congratulations.
“We submit information to the school with our nomination form and the school nominates those students and we go through our verification and data process thereafter, we also administer our aptitude test to those scholars,” he said.
He named some of the participating schools as Dominic K. Hena Elementary and Junior High School, the St. Augustine Episcopal Mission School and the Firestone-Liberia High School among others.
Mr. Urey meanwhile said the program seeks to promote quality education in Liberia.
He indicated that the program targets students who perform exceptionally well and obtain an average of 87% and above adding that the students go through a verification process which is a complete system setup.
He said the program captures Sustainable Development Goal #4 that talks about quality education and it is an innovative program that seeks to promote excellence in all schools.
Collins explained that the intent of the organization is to take the program to every County stating that it started in Monrovia and they are going across the Country with Margibi being the second County for the implementation.
He, at the same time, mentioned that the organization focuses its attention on education, leadership development, entrepreneurship, general advocacy, and civic engagement.
“Since the inception of the United Youth Social Symposium for Education and Development, we have been working with Communities, schools, Civil Society Organizations and Government of Liberia carrying out lots of initiatives” he concluded.